Keeping on track

NORTH CREEK Amidst cheers and shouts of encouragement, runners in the 7th annual Race the Train event shot off the Riparius Bridge starting line last Saturday. Racers enjoyed an overcast morning as they ran the 8.4 miles along the Hudson River to the finish line at the Depot Station in North Creek. The unique event pits human against machine as spectators watch from aboard an Upper Hudson River Railroad car as it travels north along the route. Racers also enjoy the relative ease of running on a predominately dirt road. In its short history, the event has grown from a unique fund-raising idea for the Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars program, to a nationally renowned foot-race. All profits from the race go to the benefit of the Dollars for Scholars and has become the groups most successful fundraising activity. This years proceeds are estimated at $8,500. This weekends race set a record for the highest number of registered runners with 289 applications submitted. While the actual number of racers was slightly lower, the numbers indicate an increasing interest in the event. An additional 55 children participated in the one-mile Fun Run following the main race event, also a slight increase from prior years. One thing thats growing is the number of people from the Town of Johnsburg that are running, race co-director Ann Arsenault said. The first year we only had a small handful of local people and now there are quite a few. Its quite a nice thing. Race officials were also pleased with a course change this year that set a defined path along Main Street in North Creek. Fluorescent traffic cones, flag-waving volunteers, and the Warren County Sheriffs Department all worked to provide a safe and injury-free event. Theres a lot of groups we need to thank for helping us to have a successful event, Arsenault said. We couldnt do this without the volunteers, our sponsors, the media, and everyone else who helped us with the race. For North Creek resident, Suzanne Tomb, the challenge of the Race the Train event places a distant second behind its benefit to her family. As one of two races she enters each year, 2008 was notable for marking her fifth year of participation. The community feel of the event is strong because all ages can be involved, Tomb said. The volunteers are parents, teachers and students. The runners are community people, teachers, parents, and teens. Plus, the younger kids, parents and teens can participate in the fun run. As a testament to the family-oriented feel of the race, Tombs husband Steve volunteered as a route patrolman while her three sons rode the train with their Grandfather. The entire family then wrapped-up the day with the family run. It is wonderful that local businesses donate prizes to raffle, which are exciting for people to win and all of it feels good because in the process we are raising money for a great cause, Tomb added. Race the Train also offers runners the opportunity to compete in a friendly and encouraging event that perfectly suits the beauty of the surroundings. In this race, if you pass somebody they will encourage you and say nice job or something like that, Tomb concluded. Its a really friendly race I like it a lot. AWARDS LIST FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS: 1. Amanda Moreland,16, Bloomfield,NY, 57:32 2. Elizabeth Ludovici, 23, Lyons Falls, NY, 58:00 3. Justine Mosher, 23, Queensbury, NY, 58:09 MALE OVERALL RESULTS: 1. Devin Cornwall, 20, Blacksburg, VA, 46:01 2. Paul Allison, 21, North Creek, NY, 48:37 3. Kevin Emblidge, 24, Canton, NY, 49:01

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